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What is the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program is a multifaceted program that provides assistance for colon cancer screening and treatment. This program has three components; we are able to offer individuals low or no cost screenings as either a colonoscopy or an FIT test, as well as a cash stipend of $300 to assist with either colon cancer screening or $200 towards colon cancer treatment costs. The stipend can be used to off-set the cost of a screening or treatment, such as to pay for co-pays, deductibles, transportation costs, lost wages, and costs associated with treatment. This program is open to any U.S. resident in need and based on income level.
How do I apply for the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
If you are in need of a colonoscopy or FIT test, you can call our Helpline at 1-877-422-2030. Our Helpline staff will collect your information and send it on to our partner, Colonoscopy Assist, who will contact you within 7-10 days of your referral. Colonoscopy Assist will determine the appropriate screening method for you, and if you qualify for the program, set up the procedure. If your insurance covers a colonoscopy but you have financial barriers that keep you from making the appointment, or you have been diagnosed with colon cancer and have financial challenges associated with your treatment, you can apply for the stipend portion of our program. Stipends are awarded on a quarterly basis.
What are the qualifications for receiving assistance through the Blue Hope Financial Assistance program?
To qualify for the low cost colonoscopy, you must be uninsured. To qualify for the screening or treatment stipend award, you can be either uninsured or underinsured. The Blue Hope Financial Assistance program was established to help low income individuals receive cancer screening or treatment assistance. Individuals applying for the low cost colonoscopy must have a total household income below 200% of federal poverty guideline. Those applying for a screening or treatment stipend award must have a total yearly household income equal to or less than $75,000.
If you have ever received a Blue Hope Financial Assistance stipend in the past, unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, you are not eligible to reapply.
When do the quarters end to apply for the $200 stipend to cover treatment related expenses for those currently in treatment?
Quarters end March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.
How quickly can I expect a check after the quarter ends?
Awards are based on funding availability after the quarter ends. Unfortunately at times it can takes months to receive a check after the quarter ends.
Regarding the screening test assistance, is there anything other than the $25 cost to the patient they may be responsible for (i.e. prep supplies, labs, etc.), especially should a problem be detected?
The “no cost” ($25) colonoscopy includes prep, procedure and anesthesia, and if the patient is diagnosed with cancer, Colonoscopy Assist will help set up a consultation with a specialist. The initial consultation is included.
If the patient is under 50 with a family history, are they still eligible for the free screening?
A patient is not disqualified from this program if they have symptoms or a family history of CRC.
Does the applicant need a Social Security number?
A patient does not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply (only a U.S. resident within the 50 states), therefore does not need a Social Security number.
How long is the process? How long will it take before I actually have the scope? "My doctor says I need this right away."
Because of the waiting list, we can’t know how long it will take for a qualified individual to actually have their procedure.
Where can I find additional financial resources?
We have a list of helpful organizations and programs for individuals and families having financial difficulties, which you can download on our Financial Resources page.